Beautiful Civil War patriotic, fund-raising, souvenir of the Great North Western Sanitary Fair: The Union Rose: East and West. Charles Magnus.
Beautiful Civil War patriotic, fund-raising, souvenir of the Great North Western Sanitary Fair: The Union Rose: East and West

Beautiful Civil War patriotic, fund-raising, souvenir of the Great North Western Sanitary Fair: The Union Rose: East and West

New York: C. Magnus, [1865]. Envelope or Cover. Large octagonal die-cut sheet that measures about 10¾” x 10¾” when opened. Printed on both sides with 14 birds-eye views of American cities, accompanied by one view of a building from each (Albany, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Cincinnati, Detroit, Louisville, Milwaukee, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburg, Portland, St. Louis, Washington); all in bronze. Two-panels of the octagon feature red roses and leaves in color. Includes the original envelope, also printed in bronze, featuring an image of the specially constructed fair building surrounded by the text, “The Union rose: East and West.” Unposted, and all in nice shape. Very good. Item #009570

Sanitary Fairs were civilian-organized bazaars and expositions that raised funds for the United States Sanitary Commission (USSC) which was a private relief agency created by federal legislation to support the treatment and hospitalization of sick and wounded soldiers. The Union Rose (see Weiss NW-155) was sold to raise money at the Great North Western Sanitary Fair, the last major sanitary fair of the war. It opened on 30 May 1865 and ran through 24 June. Its centerpiece, Union Hall and an assortment of other buildings were built near the lake front. Highlights of the event were visits by Generals Grant and Sherman, and the fair raised over $270,000 for sick and wounded soldiers.

Charles Magnus was a New York City printing entrepreneur who produced beautiful color lithographs of city views, song sheets, maps and patriotic illustrations for stationery and envelopes throughout the Civil War. His most complex Union patriotic designs were three different folding “Rose” die-cuts: the Rose of Washington, the Rose of Baltimore, and the Union Rose.

A very nice example of a very scarce Civil War patriotic souvenir, that has appeared sporadically in philatelic auctions and in catalog sales over the past 20 years where prices have ranged from $400 to $1,100. At the time of this listing, one other example is for sale in the trade, priced at $900.

Price: $800.00

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